Hailing from the Redcliffe Peninsula and having done all the local weekend markets to death, a few weeks back my husband and I decided to embark on an early Sunday morning adventure to the other side of the beautiful Moreton Bay to see what treasures we could dig up.
With a friend having had a market stall at Little Bayside Park on Manly Harbour Village earlier in the year we decided on this as our destination and it didn't disappoint.
A beautiful drive along the Wynnum – Manly foreshore, where we have promised to return for a bike ride along the esplanade and where we were constantly making mental notes of delightful cafes and restaurants to revisit for lunch, and we finally spotted our X-marks-the-spot markets.
With an approaching storm threatening on the horizon things were fairly quiet which suited us just fine as we didn't have to circle for a car park.
If you do visit when it is busier don't worry, there is parking aplenty in both directions and the walk itself would be part of a wonderful day.
While the markets themselves were quite small the setting was superb with the harbour being the Australian east coast's largest man-made harbour.
With the wetlands lapping at the edge and the picturesque islands out on the horizon it really was a sight for sore eyes.
In fact there were a number of people taking advantage of the bruised-purple sky and the eerily flat water's surface and taking photographs, another good idea for something to do another weekend.
The markets themselves were a nice mix of handmade goods including the usual soaps and candles, new clothing, flee market style stalls selling everything from books to jewelry, and a smattering of take away food and coffee vans.
The book stall was a highlight as I enjoyed a rare find I had been hunting for my ever growing paper back collection, with the other standout being the side-by-side Kombi vans.
A sucker for a well looked after classic Kombi my husband was in heaven.
The first was the aptly named Kombi Cuts where customers could enjoy a quick haircut before heading to work on Monday morning at a fraction of the cost of a salon.
The other was a gorgeous little juice, coffee and cake stall.
A mouth-watering selection of fresh and healthy smoothies and juices were accompanied by some delicious looking cookies and slices, but we opted for coffees only.
They were roasted to perfection too with the milk neither too frothy nor too flat.
With so many options for both breakfast and lunch all within a stroll Manly's Little Bayside Park markets really are a great way to finish off a weekend and they are open every Sunday from 8am to 3pm.
The park also hosts the famous Jan Powers Farmer's Market on Saturday May 19 so make sure to check that out for the freshest of produce, as they say on their Facebook page – "Everything on offer is all made, caught, dug, plucked, picked, bottled or baked by the person serving you."
Also on at the Manly Harbour Village shortly is their Movies In The Park night on Saturday June 2 at 7:00pm, a fun treat for the whole family so long as you remember the winter woolens.